Belfast Telegraph

Artist hopes to resurrect Derry City People sculpture

An internationally-acclaimed artist is still waiting to hear if her award-winning sculpture is to be re-erected in Derry.

‘City People’ - which was a focal point of Foyle Street Urban Park in the 1970s and 1980s - was bulldozed in the early 1990s to make way for a car park, prompting her to brand the act as one of “cultural vandalism”.

Artist Joan Walsh-Smith believes her 30-metre long piece of public artwork can be resurrected somewhere else in the city and has written to the council to ask it to consider the option, confirming her original moulds are still available in perfect condition.

A spokesperson for Derry City Council said any commissioning of art work would have to be approved by Council and would be subject to “a process of consultation and approval in partnership with key stakeholders.”

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